Daily Topic for January 08, 2018

Isaiah 42:4, NET
... he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.

Pray that the Malay peoples in Africa will put their hope in the inevitable salvation of the Lord.

Malay People in the Comoro Islands

by KC

(This story is intended to illustrate the attitudes of this people group.)
Arissa wasn’t ready for the question that came from her six-year-old daughter Damia, but she knew it would come sooner or later. “Mommy, why are the other girls in my school black, and I look so different from them?” Arissa took Damia in her lap and began to tell her why. “Way back, hundreds of years ago, our great-great-great-great grandparents came here to the Comoro Islands from Malaysia, a beautiful country in the far east. They came, they worked hard, they traded. Some grew spices so people all over the world could enjoy tasty food. And they always worshipped Allah, whether they were in Malaysia or here.”
Arissa told her most of the story, but not all of it. Some Malays came as traders and merchants, but others came as slaves to do the hardest work with almost no benefit. Just like in Malaysia and Indonesia where they first came from, the Malays are Muslim, but they blend Islam with traditional religion and superstitions. They believe in curses, the power to do harm through the evil eye, and in powerful, wicked spirits as well as Allah.

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Pray that believers in Africa will send someone to tell the Malay people about the Christ who came that we would have life to the fullest, and not have to be in bondage to fear.

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